This week I harvested a few more of my Parsnips:
These are of the variety "Gladiator F1", which I have grown several times before. They are usually pretty reliable, though I have to say that this year's roots are a bit on the small side. This may of course be due to weather conditions - for instance the very hot spell we had in August.
The Parsnips look better when washed and ready for the kitchen:
"... ideal for exhibition, with beautiful silky-smooth blemish free, white skins. The high quality roots are quick to mature with a deliciously sweet, earthy flavour. Parsnip 'Gladiator' is consistently reliable and trouble free, with particularly good resistance to canker.." (Thompson and Morgan)
"...an excellent, sweet, heavy-producing parsnip, which never gets too big and woolly." (Sarah Raven)
"...Parsnip Gladiator F1 is a top quality, reliable veg that consistently produces bumper crops of long wedge shaped roots with the classic sweet parsnip taste. It was awarded a well-deserved RHS AGM in 2009 and this was re-confirmed in 2011 trials." (Sowseeds.co.uk). [I particularly admire the fact that these people have used realistic photos of the sort of Parsnip anyone could grow, not the perfect showbench specimens that you so often see illustrating seed packets!
"...Parsnip 'F1 Gladiator' is the original 'designer' parsnip. Bred to be fast maturing and high yielding, they are also resistant to canker. It looks good too; the roots have a shallow crown with smooth, tactile, white skin." (seedaholic.com)
"...We like Gladiator for its quick germination and early growth; it is bigger and more vigorous right from the beginning. Gladiator is wide at the top with a short body. It is tender and delicious even to the largest sizes, with no core. Canker resistant." West Coast Seeds
With accolades like that, how could you possibly resist buying them?? The reality of course is often something a little different...